Riccardo Chailly & Filarmonica della Scala
Since 2017 Riccardo Chailly has been the artistic director of the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala in his native Milan. For many years he has conducted concerts and operas to international acclaim. They are most often described as scintillating and exuberant, but a recent recording of Puccini’s Turandot also revealed just how sensitive the orchestra can be. Now, the Concertgebouw Orchestra’s former chief conductor is returning to Amsterdam with the Filarmonica. The programme includes a tour through an art museum with Mussorgsky.
Mussorgsky and Bartók
Chailly will lead the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala in Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. The ‘Promenade’ theme marks the transition as the listener ‘walks’ to the next painting, which may be like a fairy tale, romantic or even macabre. The work often shares a programme with Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, a piece that mixes neoclassical influences and Hungarian folk tunes. In the first movement Bartók too seems to give the woodwinds a ‘promenade’, but in fact every group of instruments gets its solo turn.